Ask a reporter that follows summer basketball who the hottest player on the circuit has been and the name Delvon Roe will probably be the one most often uttered. The 6-7, 215 pound forward took his game to new heights by adding a perimeter arsenal to a repertoire that was already replete with active and athletic skills from 15-feet and in. A receiving line of coaches made visits to venues all over the country to witness the youngster's explosion. Now that summer hoops are over, it's Roe's turn to do the visiting.
"I'm going to Michigan Labor Day weekend when Coach Amaker gets back form Australia," Roe said. "He'll be over there coaching the (Big Ten Foreign Tour Team). I'm going to Michigan State in about two weeks and Ohio State in about two weeks."
The Spartans have been one of the hotter teams of late in Roe's recruitment. They've seen their stock rise in recent weeks thanks to a deluge of contact from a number of different sources.
"I talk to and text with them almost everyday," he said. "I've talked to Raymar Morgan, Durrell Summers and Kalin Lucas. They want me to talk to Shannon Brown and Eric Snow. They're in the Cleveland area. I like (the Spartans) a lot."
Despite MSU's travel up the standings, Ohio State remains a strong factor thanks their persistent recruitment of the in-state star. Roe's recent foray with the All-Ohio Red AAU squad and future Buckeyes Kosta Koufos (who is also Roe's close friend) and Jon Diebler gave him a glimpse of what things might be like if he opted to don the scarlet and gray in college.
The Michigan Wolverines have been at or near the top of the Roe sweepstakes since the beginning, and their status as the first team to show major interest has kept them there. That said, they haven't taken their position for granted. They too have begun to unleash a sphere of influence.
"I talked to Manny (aka Corperryale Harris) and Alex (Legion) last week," recalled Roe. "They were saying if I was over that it would be a good fit for me. They were saying that it would be a really good lineup with Manny, Alex, and me on the same court together. We talked about trying to build that program up to one of the top programs in the country."
Just as the aforementioned teams ramp up the recruiting intensity and North Carolina jumps more definitively into the fray, it seems as if Roe might be on the verge of slowing things down. After giving serious thought to making a decision sometime in the next couple of months, the talented youngster is now reconsidering that plan.
"My mom was telling me I should wait, take my time, and weigh my options," he explained. "I don't have to rush. Right now I think I'm leaning toward waiting."
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Roe in the coming weeks